Halloween DIY – Rainbow Sprinkled Pumpkins Tutorial

Thursday, October 22, 2015 2 , , , 0

Halloween DIY like a Boss Lady: Rainbow Sprinkles Pumpkin Tutorial


Lisa Tufano wearing the Lucy Love polka dot top from Mint Julep Boutique

Lisa wearing the Lucy Love polka dot blouse from Mint Julep Boutique

Why YES, that *is* a 7lb container of rainbow sprinkles. Thank you for noticing!

The blog has been undergoing some behind-the-scenes updates because I recently found myself the target of some malacious hacking attempts. If I really want to look for the silver lining, then I suppose it’s a form of flattery in a way.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Oh well! Halloween will be here before you know it, so today I want to share a super easy DIY idea with you. This year I didn’t feel like fussing with the prep and mess and cleanup of traditional pumpkin carving, so I decided to get creative and decorate the outside of my pumpkins using something that I already had on hand. This DIY project took about 10 minutes to decorate two pumpkins, and that’s only because I was indecisive and kept changing my mind about the designs.

After weighing the pros and cons of materials like tissue paper, rhinestones, and glitter, I finally opted for edible rainbow sprinkles. Months ago I bought 7lbs of rainbow sprinkles on Amazon to use on various projects and even after this DIY I still have like 6lbs leftover. I suppose I will just  have to think of even more things to cover in glue and sprinkles!

Materials Needed

Newspaper or similar

Rainbow Sprinkles or Non-pareils

Elmer’s glue

Paper plates (the one pictured is part of the Cheeky Home “Molly Hatch” collection)


Optional: A pencil and Krylon Acrylic Spray

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Lay out a bit of newspaper to catch any rogue sprinkles.

Step 2: Put some sprinkles into a small dish, or onto a paper plate.

Step 3: Draw very lightly the desired design onto your pumpkin. Or if you are worried about being able to see the marks, just freehand the design using the tip  of the Elmer’s glue bottle. I didn’t trace any designs onto my pumpkins and decided to eyeball it instead. Don’t stress out about this part because you can easily wipe off any glue while it’s still wet and start over.

Step 4: Apply a light coating of Elmer’s glue where you want the sprinkles to adhere. If you apply too much glue, gravity will make the glue streak and might take your sprinkles with it.

Step 5: For the striped pumpkin design, I turned the pumpkin on its side (resting it on the paper plate) and traced out stripes with the glue, and then added sprinkles to that one side only. To add the sprinkles, just pick up a spoonful or grab some with your fingers and “sprinkle” them onto the pumpkin. The excess sprinkles will mostly end up on the paper plate, but if you’re an animal they will probably get onto the newspaper.

Step 6: Let the glue/sprinkles dry for a few minutes before rotating the pumpkin on the paper plate and repeating Step 5 for the remaining naked half.

Step 7: This is totally optional, but you could spray your pumpkin with Krylon acrylic spray to help set the sprinkles and give them a bit of water resistance. This is important if you plan to display your pumpkins outdoors because the dye from the rainbow sprinkles will run when it becomes wet.

As a helpful reminder, I also use Krylon acrylic spray to extend the life of less expensive jewelry and keep it from turning brassy or turning my skin green.


Did you enjoy my tutorial? I’d love to hear your feedback.

P.S. I’ll be co-hosting a giveaway next week with Paul Mitchell to raise awareness and money for breast cancer prevention and specifically treatments and cures for Stage IV metastatic breast cancer, which is what happens when the cancer spreads from the breast tissue to non-adjacent areas of the body like the bones, liver, lungs or brain.


  • Katya
    October 23, 2015

    Great tutorial! I’ll be decorating my mini pumpkins over the weekend and I definitely need to create at least one with rainbow sprinkles.


  • Diana Maria
    October 25, 2015

    This is the cutest diy pumpkin tutorial I’ve seen yet! I love the white pumpkins and the sprinkles, I really want to try this! Thanks for sharing xo


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